Suspected Former Nazi Camp Guard Dies in Croatia at 92

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -
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Barbed wires surround the cabins of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland. (Isaac Harari/Flash90)

A suspected former Nazi prison guard at Auschwitz and other death camps, Jakob Denzinger, has died in his native Croatia. He was 92.

The death announcement by Denzinger’s family says he was buried Saturday in a local cemetery near Osijek in eastern Croatia. Local media said he died at the hospital on Thursday.

Denzinger was born in present-day Croatia, which was part of Yugoslavia at the time. He started serving in the Nazi SS during 1942, while Croatia was under a pro-Nazi puppet regime.

Denzinger moved to the U.S. after the war, but returned to Croatia in 1989, after U.S. authorities moved to strip him of his U.S. citizenship.

In 2014 Croatian authorities opened an investigation of Denzinger’s World War II service. He had refused to comment on the allegations. Although Denzinger has taken the truth of his deeds to the grave, it will provide no refuge for him if the charges are true.